It was an important day for Rupert! He came neatly dressed. Looking at his watch he hurriedly entered his manager’s cabin. When he returned, there was a rage on his face. It was depicting frustration and anger. Slightly watery eyes were expressing his disappointment. He sat on his chair and began thumping the keys on keyboard loudly. Florence looked at him. One look and she knew something has went very wrong. She kept one hand on his shoulder and said “It is alright Rupert. It cannot be that every time you score a 5 in your appraisal. You are one of our best and you will always be!”. He looked at her surprisingly. It was a long gaze with several questions and reactions confusing his mind.
The previous day flashed in front of his eyes. ‘Florence was weeping making low sounds. Sitting beside her, he had ignored her and instead had left for home without a word with her.’ Finally he reacted as he felt a genuine comfort and said “ Thanks. No need to worry. Anyways how did you know?”. She said a little taken aback “Oh, I saw your name on the appraisal time table and guessed!”. And she gave a beautiful smile to him. Rupert found himself unknowingly nodding and giving her an even brighter smile.
When he turned back to his screen, he saw that his screen saver has changed. It showed number of robots sitting beside each other and working with a title ‘Is this the future?’. He gave out a loud laugh nodding negatively. Florence asked him amusingly “What happened?”. Rupert looked at her and said, “Nothing, Let us take a coffee break!”. And they walked together towards the cafeteria.